Bridal Shower Bash

The Hubbard family is welcoming it’s newest member this Spring, and we’re so excited to add one of the sweetest girls out there to our team! With a winery wedding just around the corner, two families joined forces to host a bridal shower fit to rival Meghan Markle’s ;). From the food to decor, our favorite girls day gin bucket and everything in between, PolishedRx is giving y’all an inside look at the Sunday Bridal Bash. Read on for the full recipes to each menu item, which wedding games we played, details of our most sacred family tradition and more!

Food

My mom and I are total foodies, and let’s be honest, what’s a party without an overabundance of bite-sized snacks and apps?! That’s why we decided to take on five of our favorite finger foods for the big day! Best part? If you’re having a morning or early afternoon shower like ours, you can prep most of these apps the night before. Read on for full recipes and photos of the finished products – including my personal favorite: mini rye bread pizzas :).

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Andouille with Smoked Paprika and Red Wine

What You Need:

  • 1 lb andouille sausage, cut into 1/2-inch rounds
  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 TSP minced garlic
  • 3/4 TSP smoked paprika
  • 1/2 CUP dry red wine
  • Granish: fresh oregano sprigs

How to Make:

  1. Cut andouille sausage into 1/2-inch rounds and put on hot oil in large skillet (med.-high heat) for 3 minutes on each side or until browned.
  2. Stir in oregano, garlic, and paprika, and cook 1 minute. Add red wine and cook, stirring often – for 2 to 3 minutes or until wine is reduced and thickened. Transfer to a shallow bowl and serve!
Southern Living 2013 Christmas Cookbook

Mini Avocado Toast

What You Need:

  • Lighlty toasted bruschetta bread
  • Guacamole
  • Crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
  • Boar’s Head Fiery Chipotle Gourmaise

How to Make:

  1. Dollop ~ 1 TSBP of guacamole to each slice of bruschetta and spread with the bottom side of a spoon or knife.
  2. Sprinkle crumbled feta on top of guacamole.
  3. Finish off with a drizzle of the chipotle gourmaise sauce and serve!
Inspired by Kaldi’s Coffee AvoToast

Spicy Sausage & Cheese Rye Bread Mini Pizzas

What You Need:

  • 2 loaves party rye
  • 1 lb sausage
  • 1 lb Velveeta cheese
  • 3 TBSP ketchup
  • 1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 TSP garlic salt
  • oregano

How to Make:

  1. Fry 1 lb of sausage and drain well.
  2. Add cheese, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce and garlic salt. Mix over low heat until cheese is melted completely.
  3. Spread mixture over party rye. Sprinkle with oregano.
  4. Bake 10 minutes at 375 F.
The Plaid Palate – Maureen Brown

Chicken Salad on Buttered Croissant

What You Need:

  • Buttered Croissants
  • Chicken Salad
    • 3 lbs grilled and shredded chicken
    • 2 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
    • 2 celery stalks sliced thin
    • 3 scallions sliced thin
    • 1 TBSP fresh parsley
    • 1 cup lit mayo
    • Juice of 1 lemon
    • 1 TBSP dijon mustard
    • 1 TSP salt

How to Make:

  1.  In a large bowl, mix chicken, celery, scallions and parsley
  2. In a small bowl, mix mayo, lemon, Dijon mustard and salt
  3. Add contents from small bowl to larger bowl and mix thoroughly
  4. Refrigerate for at least one hour
  5. Spread thick layer of chicken salad on to a buttered croissant roll, cut in half and serve!
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Pimento and Bacon Bread Bites

What You Need:

  • Lighlty toasted bruschetta bread
  • Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento Spread
  • Hormel Bacon bits

How to Make:

  1. Dollop ~ 1.5 TSP of Mrs. Weaver’s Pimento spread to a slice of bruschetta bread. Spread using the bottom side of a spoon or knife
  2. Garnish with a sprinkle of bacon bits for an added crunch!

 

Decor

Game

When my mom and I sat down to discuss fun games and activities we could play to liven-up the party, we both agreed that we wanted to do something that all ages from 20 to 80 would enjoy. After hours of brainstorming ideas and searching Pinterest, we created 2 unique games ourselves!:

The first (and my favorite) activity puts all the work on the party-goers! My mom and I bought this super cute recipe kit at the store that includes a wooden placeholder block and blank recipe cards. Each attendee received a recipe card and was instructed to write their favorite recipe. At the end of the party, we collected all the cards and gave them to the bride as a special, personal gift! Of course, I shared my Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip.

The second game puts all the work on the bride! My mom and I came up with 10 questions that we asked the group and each attendee wrote their responses down a piece of paper. Then, I collected everyone’s paper and read them aloud to the bride for her to choose her favorite response. These were the questions we asked! (the bride got to keep all of the advice and the winner got a cute mini succulent!)

  1. My go to recipe is:
  2. Don’t try this at home! The worst recipe I ever tried was:
  3. The most useful item from my bridal registry to this day is:
  4.  The best place I’ve ever traveled to is:
  5.  The best gift my husband gave me is _____ and the best gift I’ve gotten him is _____
  6.  The one chore I’ve always taken on is _____ and the one chore I’ve always given away to him is _____
  7.  One thing every house needs is:
  8.  Our best conversations are held where:
  9.  Over the years, we’ve decided that one thing we splurge for is:
  10.  Best piece of marriage advice I got that I want to share with you:

Our Family Tradition

Ever since I can remember, my grandma could sew up anything and everything I could possibly need from hemming my plaid Catholic school uniform jumpers to creating  customized American girl doll outfits for my homegirl Samantha (see embarrassing picture).samantha.png

But a special quilt handmade for each one of her grandchildren to be gifted on their wedding day has always been her background project. All 6 quilts are neatly tucked away in her linen closet, and I know she’s so excited to be gifting one away to our growing family. As my grandmother is beginning to lose her battle at pancreatic cancer, this quilt is particularly special, as it will be the last one she gets to personally give away. While it was hard to hold back the tears as Claire opened her quilt, it’s a bittersweet moment as it signifies a growth of our family.

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Parting Gift

My aunt’s sister Christy HAND-MADE these adorable heart-shaped sugar cookies! Each guest got to leave with a pack of two. Not going to lie, I already had both of my cookies and one of my moms tonight while I was studying. They’re SO good; if I can get my hands on the recipe, I’ll pass it on to y’all 😉

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What I Wore

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White Bow Chiffon Shirt – DressLilly | Brooke Flare Dark Jeans – Lucky Brand | Black Pumps – Sam Edelman | Elle Gold Drop Earrings [color: slate] – Kendra Scott

Thanks for stopping by the Polished Prescription! Questions? Comment below

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